What do you love and find hard about the holidays at this time of year?
This month I talked to parents and children about the December holidays. Here is what they said:
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS?
The time spent with family and friends, nothing is more important than that.
I love the lights, the colors, the decorations. It makes me feel alive.
I love to cook with my son. I enjoy researching and shopping for the food I prepare.
I get to jump off the work treadmill and spend more time at home.
I love the community feel.
I like it if the weather is really nice. We get to play.
We get to hang out more.
I get to see my parents, especially my Dad!
I like presents.
WHAT CAN BE HARD ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR?
I only want to be home cooking and nesting but I still have to work. It’s hard to work and get everything done.
There is lots of clean up.
I worry about money.
I know some people have stress stemming from time spent with family at this time of year but I don’t live near my family and I miss them.
It can feel lonely. The images we see of families at the holidays doesn’t seem realistic to me.
I don’t celebrate Christmas, I feel left out. I don’t like the religious parts, I’m not a part of them.
If it’s cold I don’t like them as much.
In December my school gives a lot of homework. That’s hard!
All the cooking my parents do looks hard to me.